John Cummins, spokesman for the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office, said his agency does not provide direct training on how to handle video recording at scenes.
“If you are a party to the encounter, then you can record the encounter,” Cummins said. “Simply put, a citizen has the right to record an encounter with the police they are involved in.”
Cummins gave an example of a resident being able to record a field sobriety test, but noted that the resident must obey all other laws while recording.
If you encounter a cop acting cool as you or another citizen document your encounter, thank him for upholding your rights*. Confused? Context. I'm sure it sucks to catch flak on a daily basis based on a few bad officers, and it's important to recognize and reward the ones doing the right thing.
*If it's an encounter with another citizen, wait until the police business is over first. You don't want obstruction charges.